The most important book ever written? I'll tell you why. No one has ever to my knowledge unraveled the string-ball of civilization quite like this. The roots of war, depression, science, mysticism, religion, conflict, judgement, nations, ideology, ideas, philosophy, racism, specieism, sexism, labeling, words, politics, power, money, greed, obedience, famine, want, lack, corruption, authority, control, consent, duality and everything else are deconstructed and exposed in this book. Every philosophy or ideology I've ever read from Buddhism, Christianity, Marxism, Decartism, Darwinism, post-structuralism, creationism to democracy, communism, fascism, totalitarianism and even humanism and spirituality and every self help or ideology you've ever read or heard are all exposed as mere effects, rather than causes. Everything I thought to be a foundation turns out to be a mere surface level, the tip of the iceberg, established recently and exposed as short-lived - including civilization itself.
In other words, Eisenstein pulls the whole rug from under our feet. The whole game, the whole shebang. It's not an easy book to read for this reason. The language is accessible but the truth is not. I had to realise just how indoctrinated I am, to the core. Prepare to have every assumption you have ever made tested, everything you assumed to be true without question, questioned. Prepare to be the fish who is shown the truth of the water in which you swim and of which it has never ever even occurred to you to question.